Sorority alumni establish endowed scholarship

Donations from over 100 Alpha Kappa Alpha alumni have created a $100,000 scholarship fund

Over 100 alumni of the University of Georgia Eta Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., donated a total of over $50,000 to establish the 1973 Eta Xi Alumni Association Inc. Georgia Commitment Scholarship, which will provide need-based assistance to UGA students in perpetuity.

“I am grateful to UGA’s Alpha Kappa Alpha alumni, who set an outstanding example of generosity at our university,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “Their support of current students through the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program will have a lasting impact on the lives of UGA students as well as their families and communities.”

As an alumnus, I am truly proud to support student success at UGA and grateful to all who donate to this effort. The tenacity and drive, especially of students of color, is remarkable in these trying times. —Natalie Lewis

In early 2021, Eta Xi alumni decided to raise $50,000 by the end of the year to create a scholarship that would help ease the financial burden on students and introduce different perspectives to the community. from campus. Upon achieving that goal, their collective gift was matched by the UGA Foundation with an additional $50,000 through the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program, with funding provided in August 2021 by the UGAF Board of Directors.

The scholarship will benefit students of Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and the first recipient will be named in the fall of 2022.

“Giving scholarships to students allows me to honor the rich history of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority at UGA through the Eta Xi Chapter while celebrating current students,” said Natalie Lewis, Black Alumni Leadership Council member and member lifetime of Alpha Kappa Alpha. “As an alumnus, I am truly proud to support student success at UGA and grateful to all who donate to this effort. The tenacity and drive, especially of students of color, is remarkable in these trying times. »

Since surpassing its fundraising goal, the Eta Xi alumni group has continued to raise funds for scholarships. They are currently fundraising for a second Eta Xi Scholarship, which will be a merit-based scholarship to support students who are committed to fostering the advancement of girls and women in their communities and in higher education. .

“I donate to UGA because I strongly believe that education and exposure are the keys to unlocking potential and opportunity,” said Eta Xi alumnus V. Gail Bibbs Holmes. “When a young person has the chance to interact and learn with people from all over the world, their perspective grows, their thoughts broaden, and hopefully they are positively influenced by the experience. Unfortunately, there are still too many young people who have the desire and the ability to go to university but who do not have the financial means.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. was the first Greek-letter organization created by African-American female students. Sixty-five years after its founding, on January 13, 1973, the Eta Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha was instituted at UGA by women who sought to cultivate and encourage high academic and ethical standards and to promote the unity and friendship among female students.

Today, Eta Xi members and alumni strive to build on the sisterhood’s legacy through a commitment to scholarship, leadership, and service to the university and county communities. of Athens-Clarke. The need-based scholarship they established and the upcoming merit-based scholarship are the latest manifestations of this commitment.

Scholarship support allows deserving UGA students to focus more on their coursework and participate in extracurricular programs that promote growth and experiential learning opportunities. To learn more about scholarship support at UGA, visit give.uga.edu/removing-barriers.

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